A bit of Before and After – Maternity

I thought it would be fun to show you the before and after edits.

After we have our session together I go through the images and put together a proof gallery so you can pick your favorites for the collection you want. The collection you choose will depend on if you’re into albums, wall art, gift prints or digital gallery.

These proof galleries are not edited except for the few I tend to convert to black and white. Other than that, they’re straight out of the camera, exactly how I captured it.

From your proof gallery you will choose your favorites and the amount will depend on the collection you choose. I will artistically edit those images you have chosen to keep from your gallery.

Once I’m all done and happy with how the images look, I will order the prints &/or products you have chosen and then I will deliver them to you after I have received and inspected them.

It’s important to have your images professionally printed because color calibration is different for each lab.

After I receive your prints, if I am not happy with how the color or finishing turned out, it will be re-ordered before it’s delivered to you.

So that is what happens after our session that goes with hiring me as your photographer when it comes to portrait sessions.

I want the whole process for you to be relaxing and enjoyable from start to finish and that includes looking at the final product hanging on your walls.

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What is home birth – La Mirada Birth Photographer

I met this lovely mama mid pregnancy over coffee one Saturday morning. She was expecting her 3rd baby blessing and was interested in having me document her first home birth experience. We literally talked for 2 hours about birth, kids, family, work, life, church… It was a bit of girl or mama time, that I think we both needed.

Debbie is a certified hypnobirth instructor and don’t worry if you’re not in the area because she offers classes virtually as well. Her business page Harmonious Childbirth is where you’ll find out all the things about her hypnobirthing course and offerings. I highly suggest you check that out because she’s going to be starting her next series of classes next month.

I always come to the team meeting and prenatal for my home birth mamas. It is typically around 36 weeks and the dad, mom, midwife, doula and anyone else who plans on being present at the birth should be there. That includes me, the birth photographer (and now certified labor doula!).

I met the lovely Celest who is the midwife at Ivy Midwifery Services. It is always fun to watch the hands of a midwife. They learn so much just by touch and the time and care they pour into each of their expecting mamas is just beautiful.

I never took a hypnobirthing course (I will be soon) but I have learned so much from the mamas that have invited me into their birthing space, into their sacred space. Debbie labored beautifully. I could see her body relax as she was breathing intentionally and calmly through each wave/contraction.

I also got to work with La Kiesha who was Debbie’s doula. Her business is Agape Birth & Wellness She did the counter pressure, helped get mama into different positions, brought a fan and some peppermint essential oil for the times of queasiness. So much support and love.

Here’s a fun video dad took and Debbie edited and shared on Instagram her thoughts on What she got out of Home Birth.

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This is the proud dad with the second midwife and student midwife behind him. I just love all the joy you can feel in this image!

This right here… Look at all the care that is being poured out onto this mama that just birth a beautiful soul! Mom’s being taken care of while baby is being checked on and she didn’t have to go anywhere to do this. Love it!

Proud dad and excited big sister and interested brother. Aren’t they so sweet!?

I would say, Debbie was glowing after birth but I think she was just radiant while she was laboring too.

You can watch their birth story film, I’m putting it right here for you. 🙂

If you’re expecting this year please feel free to Get in Touch or send me an email, info@alainanunez.com

Don’t miss out on documenting this beautiful soul’s birth story and the amazing journey and strength of you mama.

We were created for this and truly blessed to be able to experience the awe inspiring moment of child birth.

Blessings,

Alaina

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Yellowstone in October

We took a quick road trip at the beginning of October and were able to see Yellowstone, The Grand Tetons and Zion National parks. I say quick because we left on Oct 2nd and got back home on October 9th. Not counting California, we drove through 6 states within a week.

So this first picture is actual in Utah at the Fillmore KOA which is where we spent our first night. The second night we spent with friends (more like family) in northern Utah.

On our first day exploring Yellowstone we entered through the Montana side, the northern entrance and soon after we entered the park there were some elk crossing the road. This one even waited for the car to stop before crossing. haha I took this through the windshield.

If you have a 4th grader you can get a nation park pass so you can get into any national park for free during the school year through the summer. Our 4th is in 4th this year.

This area is the Mammoth Hot Springs. Smells a bit funky (not that bad) but looks amazing!

Can you tell I really enjoyed taking pictures at this spot?

The one animal that we “had” to see was a Bison so we traveled along the northern road, passed the petrified tree and Tower-Roosevelt through the Lamar Valley. Once we hit Lamar Valley we saw 3 different herds of Bison.

My 14 year old had a zoom lens on and he got the picture below

Isn’t this adorable!?!

The next day we drove down passed a bunch of geysers but there’s just something about wood sidewalks and bridges that I have to stop for.

And these trees!!! Oh my gosh, they are my favorite!

You know, just a bison on the side of the road munchin’ on some grass.

My friend had visited Yellowstone in early July so we were comparing how different it looked between our trips. Her trip it was all lush and green with many beautiful wildflowers. Our trip had blue skies but chilly air and lovely yellows. God created some amazing things for us to enjoy didn’t He?

Our final Yellowstone stop was at Old Faithful. We got to see it erupt twice. This shot was when we were on the observation area and the 2nd time it erupted we were back in the parking lot and you could see it over the tall building. That really gave us more of a perspective of how high it really goes.

Thanks for reminiscing and traveling through Yellowstone with me! Have you ever been? Any other spots we should make sure to see next time we go? I’ll take all the tips!

Blessings,

Alaina

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The San Diego Zoo in Black and White

Just the other month I was talking with my 3 year old about his favorite animals and what he thought his siblings favorite animals were and right then I realized… He had not been to the zoo yet! I felt this need to take my little guy to the zoo! I found out one of the moms in our homeschool group was planning the trip already so we were set to go, just had to wait for the date to come.

I was so excited to be able to take my kids to the San Diego Zoo this year. I even had my photography students meet us there for our field trip.

We were counting back and realized that it had been 5-6 years since we had been to the SD Zoo so it was a new and fun experience for most since the younger ones didn’t remember and the older ones had fresh eyes and a higher perspective. 😉

As I’m sure you already know, black and white photographs are what I love. The simplicity, the detail, the mystery…

We ended up by the gorillas at the perfect time… lunch time! That was fun to watch their personalities come out. This one had his back to everyone while he enjoyed his lettuce.

This one went a ways off to enjoy some alone time while he ate.

Hippos are so relaxing to watch

I think giraffes always have this relaxed, slightly annoyed look on their face.

One of my students letting my little guy take pictures. They’re a fun bunch to hang out with. 🙂

Since we were there during the month of October, toward the evening they were getting ready to start their Boo-Fest and there were bubbles floating up toward us as we were crossing over one of the bridges.

Did I meantion we left at 6 in the morning and got home at 9pm? Well… It was a Full. Fun. Day.

Blessings,

Alaina

Looking forward to meeting you and telling your beautiful story!

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A Day in Our Life on a Wednesday (La Mirada Documentary Family Photographer)

My eldest reminded me that I had not done a Day in our Life for quite some time and looking back at the last one, she is totally right. This Day in our Life was back in 2017. And I think it’s funny that it is also in the month of April.

So here it is, a typical Wednesday in our life, and I guess we can also say, a typical Wednesday in April.

What I saw when I opened the office door.

My office is also the spare room and play room
My work space
He likes to send “good morning” emails to his grandma and sometimes his friends
Wednesday is street sweeper day so both the dog and little guy were watching

We’ve been receiving care from Dr Cece at Simply Well Chiropractic in Long Beach so we that is part of our weekly routine for better health.

Everybody out!
It’s always a race to the front door
“we have to run mama!”

I know this next one’s focus is off but it was a no look shot while we were running.

This little guy is awesome!
After adjustments they always get to pick a sticker from Ms Karine
He’s showing Karine some tap dancing moves.

We have to discuss who gets to go first and in what order because everyone (yes everyone!) looks forward to their time with Dr. Cece.

I did not tell her to smile, she was laughing
When it’s mama’s turn the little guy wants to cuddle.
Now it’s a race back to the car!

Back at home…

games
school
I think it’s sweet that they’re the same height when he’s on his knee.
By request of the little guy, he asked “Nay Nay” to play Duck Hunt with him.

Our little dwarf apple tree has too many apples which made the top branch bend. We didn’t want it to break so we splinted it with a dowel and some tape. So far, so good.

Meet Whinny, Speedy and I think that one is Salt.

Some backyard chores.

Tossing out some treats for the chickens and the dog always tries to steal food from them.
I don’t remember what they were watching maybe Wild Kratts or something.

Ok so these next three photographs are actually from the next day but they are definitely a part of our daily activities so I wanted to include them.

playdough or painting is the usual at the table.
I didn’t tell him to look at me or to pose, that was all him. 🙂
Always on the move.

So there you have it, a typical Wednesday for us in the month of April.

What does your typical day include? Did you know I offer Day in the Life Sessions? Get in Touch if you’d like to know more.

Blessings,

Alaina

Looking forward to meeting you and telling your beautiful story!

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Why Hire a Birth Photographer {La Mirada Birth Photographer}

I’m not here to convince you that you need to hire a birth photographer.
 
 
I’m just here to reaffirm that feeling you’re having. That is why you’re here isn’t it? Maybe just out of curiosity or it could be because you want moments of your baby’s birth to be preserved.
 
 

It could be, the feeling of knowing that these moments are few and far between.

 
That these moments are intimate.
These moments are cherished.
These moments are priceless.
These moments deserve to be preserved.
These moments are important.
 
 
 
When I am hired to document a birth story I’m not just there to capture the big push. I’m not there to photograph your lady parts (though those are pretty amazing!).
 
 
I’m there to capture the strength you didn’t know you had. I’m there to capture the birth team supporting and praying over you. I’m there to capture the amazing miracle that has grown inside of your body for the last 9 months and when you finally get to meet face to face. I’m there to capture the first breath, the first look, the first quivering lip, the tears of joy and the sigh of relief.
 
 
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That. is. birth.

 
The moment you hear your precious baby’s cry. The moment your husband can finally exhale knowing that his wife has finally finished the race. Have you seen the way he looks at you? He wants nothing more than to help ease your burden but knows it is not his pain or discomfort to carry, yet he still tries in the best way he knows how. It is at that time we allow God’s hand to move and our bodies to do what they are suppose to. The moment we say, “no more” He provides a way out.
 
 
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I seriously am in awe of how God created our bodies.

 
 
How He blessed us to be able to care for a provide nutrients to our babies before we get to see their precious faces.
 
 
Just like other life experiences and journeys, we can come out of birth feeling a bit beat up, a bit overwhelmed, a bit exhausted and maybe some scars to show for it.
 
 
Remember when you were a kid and scars were cool? You’d count how many scars you had and announce the number like it was some kind of trophy, a right of passage and deserved some type of reward or at least some recognition. I’m here to tell you. Scars are still cool (do people still use that word, because I don’t think I’ll ever stop), they show where you have been and what you have done and remind you what you have learned along the way.
 
 
So…
 
 
I’m not here to tell you why you should hire a birth photographer. I’m telling you why I am a Birth Photographer.
 
 
I am a birth photographer because I think, feel, know that we all have a story to tell.
 
 

Everyone is created for a purpose by our Divine Creator.

We are all created in His image. We are all created to fulfill a purpose in this time. And I feel it is my duty, my honor, to be chosen to help document the journey; this part of your story.
 

So the question you should ask yourself. Why do you want this birth photographed? How important is having this birth story documented to you? That’s the more important question.

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I’d love to chat with you about how you are hoping to have this fleeting time in your life documented! Fill out the form and I’ll get back to you soon!

Looking forward to meeting you and telling your beautiful story!

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Motherhood Memories – La Mirada Motherhood Photographer

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Macrae is a fellow photographer and homeschooling mama of three precious boys.

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At the time she was still nursing two of her boys which I think is amazing! I have been nursing for the past 14 years with minimal time off and within those years I have never tandem nursed. For you mamas that have and do… you’re amazing!

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There’s just something so special about the sweet connection a mama and her little one share during these nourishing and comforting times.

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This moment right here… this encompasses the #boymom life exactly!

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Sorry dad, these sessions weren’t about you, but we know you play a big role so we squeezed in a few “all together” shots. I think we all appreciate a present, hands on dad.
 
Keep up the good work you two!
 
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Lessons from 2019

Made it to day 365 of 2019!
My birthday is October 30th so ever since I was little I was always looking forward to my 30th birthday. I wasn’t wishing I was 30, but always knew I would get there… so when I turned 30 I wasn’t shocked and like, “oh my gosh! I can’t believe I’m 30!” Like I was seeing from so many others.
Now, when I turned 31 I felt a little thrown off like, “Well, I was prepared for 30, but 31 came out of no where!” I know it sounds silly but I think that is how a lot of things in life are. You prepare for the wedding but what about the marriage? You prepare for birth but what about the 4th trimester? You prepare for having a plethora of learning tools and creating just the right environment for free play but what about the tantrums and meltdowns or the hangries!?! Everyone talks about the terrible twos but what about the stubborn threes?
I think we tend to get tunnel vision on the short term goals so when we hit them we’re kind of floundering on what happens next…
I hope you don’t misunderstand me. Short term goals are great! And when you hit them it’s invigorating and a time that should be celebrated! But I do think we need to see what our long term is. What is the ultimate goal? Because the ultimate goal is what directs our daily path.
My ultimate goal is to love my husband and show my children Jesus (to love like Him, serve like Him and take the time to spend time refreshing my soul like Him). To pray for my clients and help them to see how blessed they are (immediately and years from now) by using my talents that God has given me to share. To raise awareness of amazing causes and document those who might otherwise go unnoticed.

I see much, I feel deeply and I am fully aware of the limited time I have, so I want to make the most of it.

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The lessons I learned walking through 2019?

I have to be truthful here… I was this close and I mean this ** close to just saying, “I’m done”. I was feeling pulled in too many directions. I was ready to close the doors on Alaina Nunez Photography once I was done with current obligations.

I was asking God to show me if this business should continue and if so what direction He wants it to go in.

I don’t want to give my leftovers… My children don’t deserve my leftovers, my clients don’t deserve my leftovers and my husband for sure doesn’t deserve my leftovers! I am not a perfectionist but I am definitely one who carries high expectations for myself.

This past year has been the slowest year I’ve had in a long time. Being an artist, I’m pretty accustom to the wave of clients that come throughout the year but after awhile it can be demotivating and super discouraging.

December came and I felt this renewed vision. I was asking God to show me if this business should continue and if so what direction He wants it to go in.

My kids and I have these great conversations one the couch at least once a week. I think I’m impacted by them more than they are but even if they just hold onto snippets of these moments I know the memories of these conversations will come to mind at the moments they will need them. We were talking recently about why it’s important to have respect for yourself. The main consensus was, “Because if you don’t, no one else will.” I said well… You can’t control what other people say and do but you can control what you say and do. So then I repeated my question, “Why is it important to have respect for yourself?” They couldn’t think of anything other than trying to reword their first answer. I told them, when God created you, He didn’t just speak and you were there like everything else He created. No, He took care to “weave” you together with your hair color, eye color, gender, skin color, character traits, strengths and weaknesses. You are created in the image of the Almighty. You are created to do mighty things even in your weaknesses. If you respect the Creator then you will have respect for the created and be in awe of it. You are created to do amazing and mighty things because the Almighty made you. If that doesn’t deserve respect, I don’t know what does.

So with that, I have an appreciation for the 2019 business blight. It was a good year of emotional and spiritual growth. Pouring into myself, my marriage, my family and the clients and students that I was pleased to be with.

My husband is my life partner and now will be my business partner. I’m pretty excited about that!

So 2020… I won’t be floundering when the clock strikes midnight or when I wake up tomorrow to celebrate “Nunez Day” with my family (I’ve told you about Nunez Day right?). I’m ready. I’m ready to see the sights and enjoy the company. And when I don’t know which turn to make… I know Who to ask for directions.

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Favorite Moments of 2019 – La Mirada Photographer

Just a snapshot of the year in photos.

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This was just a snippet of the year. You can see my Best Nine of 2019 Here.

 

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A Family Session – La Mirada Family Photographer

I’m very thankful for the people that I’m able to meet because of my profession.

I don’t just want you to have cute pictures, I want you to have a fun family outing. I want your kids to know that photo sessions aren’t scary, boring or no fun.

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You can’t tell but it was during the fall heat wave here. Remember, we were getting 90 degree days just after we were getting use to some 70 degree weather?

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This precious girl here is a sharp one, full of ideas and information.

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One of my favorites from their session. Love when mama gets to be in the photos with their loves.

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And of course I always make sure mom and dad get a few moments with just the two of them.

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I’m a pretty easy going person and will allow the kids time to warm up to the fact that I’m going to be taking their picture and it’s ok. That’s when the weight of expectations is lifted and the real smiles come out.

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